Critic Consensus: In "Playtest," the psychologically horrifying world of virtual reality is nicely counterbalanced by the sheer likability of the episode's protagonist played by the charismatic Wyatt Russell.
Critic reviews for Playtest
[Shut Up and Dance] stood out more for its presentation and mood than its actual plotting.
Playtest,... is an especially creepy episode of Black Mirror revolving around a video game.
Playtest is happy to swap deeper probing for a succession of clever shocks, and a bitterly funny... punchline of an ending. The result is an episode that is gripping but not enduringly frightening; a nightmare that won't linger too long after you wake up.
Ultimately, all of those scares climax with an ending that is inscrutable in the best possible ways.
Trachtenberg seems aware of the deeply silly nature of this cautionary tech fable, eventually cashing in on a kitschy, pseudo-Twilight Zone kicker that might feel like cheating - that is, if the journey to "Playtest's" ending wasn't quite so fun.
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